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January 19, 2012



Annie Taylor Black, 99, of Lexington, widow of Sam Black Sr., died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

A native of Woodford County, she was born on May 10, l912, the daughter of the late Mary Bell Waters and Will Lyles Sr. She was employed by movie star Ann Sheridan in Encino, Calif., for 47 to 52 years. She retired from Grumman Aviation Center, where she was a map designer. She was a member Simpson United Methodist Church, Versailles. She attended Jackson Memorial Methodist Church when she lived in Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y. She returned to Kentucky in 1988.

Survivors include a son, William (Mary Etta Riley); a stepson, Sam (Nannie Elizabeth) Black; a stepdaughter, Delores (Andrew) McIntyre; two grandchildren, Melodie (Stafan) Sanders and Yolanda (Sonny) Nobles; six step-grandchildren, Diane (James) McDonald, Beverly Segar Martin, Vernon Lee Black, James Lee Butler, Emma Lou Black, and Brenda Bunting; and numerous great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and cousins. A brother, Will (Buck) Lyles Jr., is deceased

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Simpson United Methodist Church, Versailles. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service. Smith & Smith Funeral Home, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.



Ashley Nicole Eden Devers, 26, of Frankfort, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.

Born July 20, 1985, in Frankfort, she was the daughter of Shelia Eden Crain of Frankfort and the late James Edward Eden.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two daughters, Amiyah Chadwell and Aleigha Suggs; three sons, Cody Devers, Maxwell Devers, and Brody Suggs; two sisters, Jessica Anderson and Amanda Gordon; two brothers, Anthony Eden and Christopher Eden; her maternal grandparents, William and Thelma Beeler; and her paternal grandmother, Ethel Eden.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 16, at Sunset Memorial Gardenís chapel by Dr. Stephen Pattison. Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

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Mildred Catherine Thompson Fister, 84, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, widow of Ralph S. Fister, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.

A native of Salvisa, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Mattie Fallis Thompson. She had worked at the GE Lamp Plant and the Handbag House and was a member of Gardenside Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Ralph "Steven" (Sandy) Fister, Lexington, and Robert "Alan" Fister, Chicago, Ill.; two brothers, John (Thelma) Thompson, Loganville, Ga., and Buryl (Sandy) Thompson, Lexington; two grandchildren, Angie (Bob) Peck and Kristie (George) Lathram; and four great-grandchildren, Michael and Emily Peck and Hallie and Trip Lathram.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Milward Mortuary, Southland, Lexington. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Esther Henrickson, 89, of Lexington, wife of Carl E. Henrickson, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at her home.

Born in Amherst, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Clark L. and Gladys Thayer. She graduated from Smith College and Ohio State University. She was a teacher of homebound students for the Fayette County School System. She was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church, U.K. Womenís Club, Phi Beta Kappa, and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Robert C. Henrickson, Lexington, Elin H. (Curvin) Smith, Versailles, and Clark T. (Kathleen) Henrickson, Lexington; two grandchildren, Sarah (Tim) Henrickson, Cambridge, Mass., and Jared Smith, North Carolina; and a great-grandchild, Ryan Buschman.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels at the Second Presbyterian Church, 460 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507.



Lucille Hendricks Hunter, 83, of Versailles, wife of William Hunter, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Henry T. and Litha Wise Hendricks. She was a longtime member of Versailles Baptist Church and a member of the Ruth Sunday school class. She had taught Mission Friends for over 20 years to many children.

In addition to her husband of 67 years, she is survived by two daughters, Donna H. Matthews and Kathy H. Norton; three sons, Michael (Debbie) Hunter, David Hunter, and Dan Hunter; a brother, Tommy Hendricks; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A son, Jerry Hunter, a sister, Frankie Reese, and a grandson, Christopher Hunter, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kevin Hunter, Keith Hunter, Mark Luttrell, Brandon Norton, Corey Hunter, Joseph Luttrell, Forrest Hunter, and Collin Hunter. Honorary bearers were Brian Shearer, Brendyn Hunter, Lisa Shearer, Megan Norton, Hannah Hunter, Maddie Luttrell, Addie Hunter, Bobby Neal, Bennett Hunter, Mason Luttrell, Jakob Norton, and Forrest Hunter Jr.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Baptist Church, 125 E. Green Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Neville Kearns, 87, of Versailles, husband of Alene H. Kearns, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at his home.

Born in Madison County, he was the son of the late Russell and Lucky Mink Kearns. He was an avid Woodford County farmer. Since 1989, he had been a member of the Faith Baptist Church on Huntertown Road.

In addition to his wife of 67 years, he is survived by a son, Larry (Joyce) Kearns, Versailles; two granddaughters, Robin Kearns, Lexington, and Regina Kearns, Hindman; two step-grandchildren, Michael DeBorde, Springboro, Ohio, and Melinda DeBorde, Georgetown; four great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 13, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Joe Collins and the Rev. Bobby Lakes. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Donnie Kearns, Ricky Mize, Donnie Mize, Willie Bailey, Sonny Foster, and Michael DeBorde. Honorary bearers were Eugene Gill, Johnny Bowman, Rick Austin, Mike Powers, Roy Hall, Neil Prather, and Pat Prather.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or to Gideonís International.

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Imogene "Jean" Goodlett Perry, of Versailles, went to be with her maker on Jan. 16, 2012.

She was born Jan. 28, 1932, in Anderson County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Franklin and Alpha Drury Goodlett from Anderson County. She married Hollie Stratton and they had four children. She is survived by her four children, Terry ( Martha) Stratton of South Carolina, Tom (Vicki) Stratton of Lexington, Donna (Phillip) Lancaster of Versailles, and Cindy (George Smith) Stratton of Virginia. She is survived by ten grandchildren, Tom (Melanie) Stratton Jr. of Berea, Candice (Justin) Voss of South Carolina, Chad (Cinnamon) Dutrow of Virginia, Robin (Dan) Emson of Virginia, Gregg (Becky) Stratton of Frankfort, Nathan (Evelyn) Lancaster of Shelbyville, Alison (Ry Miller) Stratton of Georgia, Erika (Keith) Branham of Versailles, Lindsay (Matt) Mathes of Florida, Taylor (Jillian) Stratton of Georgia, and Micah Dutrow of Virginia. She is also survived by twenty four great-grandchildren. She is survived by one brother, Kenneth (Goldie) Goodlett of Versailles and one uncle, Otis (Helen) Drury of Lawrenceburg. She was predeceased by three brothers, Paul, William and James Goodlett. Her lifeís passion was surgical nursing. She was the supervisor of surgery for Woodford Memorial Hospital for 13 years. Her greatest pride was her development and implementation of the initial healthcare classes at the Central Kentucky Vo-Tech School. She served as an elder and Sunday school teacher at First Christian Church in Versailles. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Kentucky Nurses Association, the American Vocational Association and she was a Kentucky Colonel. She retired in 1995 as the director of applied health programs of the Central Kentucky Vo-Tech Institute. Other accomplishments include: Ph.D. Healthcare Administration, Clayton University, St. Louis, MO; masterís science, nursing education, Clayton University; bachelor of science, education, University of Kentucky; teacher certification, University of Kentucky; administratorís certification, post-secondary education, University of Kentucky; associate degree in nursing and applied sciences, Kentucky State University, LPN (Midway College) Kentucky Female Orphan School.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill with the Rev. Cindy Stratton and the Rev. Marcus Lynn officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Nathan Lancaster, Gregg Stratton, Tom Stratton Jr., Taylor Stratton, Chad Dutrow, Micah Dutrow, Aaron Stratton. Honorary casket bearers will be Candi Voss, Alison Stratton, Erika Branham, Lindsay Mathes and Robin Emson. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at the funeral home.

Memorials suggested to First Christian Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Kenneth Raymond Mann, 81, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Anna Belle Cammack Mann, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.

The son of the late Ellis and Hallie Lathrem Mann, he was owner and operator of Freeman and Mann Furniture Store in Lawrenceburg for 57 years.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by a daughter, Jane Carol Mann; a son, Paul L. (Leslie) Mann; two grandsons, Lucas Clayton Mann and Logan Jacob Mann, all of Lawrenceburg; a sister, Edna Witten, Versailles; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 13, at First Baptist Church, Lawrenceburg, b y Dr. Robert F. Ehr and Bro. Jeff Eaton. Burial with military rites was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 111 North Main Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



Warren Southworth, of Versailles, widower of Ruth Elizabeth Southworth, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

The son of the late Sallie and Alvin Southworth, he was a resident of Woodford County all his life. He owned several businesses in Woodford County before taking a temporary position with the state as a favor to Governor A.B. "Happy" Chandler, eventually being named the state Fire Marshal in 1972; he retired in 1986. He was recognized nationally and internationally for his work in fire safety, fire protection, and electrical regulation. After retirement from the state, he worked as the electrical inspector for Woodford County. He retired for a second time in 2007. He was a member of the Oleika Temple and Landmark Masonic Lodge, a member and board member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and was a member of Hillsboro Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Lorena Southworth Newton, Versailles; three children, Edward (Barbara) Southworth, Versailles, Carol (James Ralph) Carpenter, Versailles, and Robert (Gloria) Southworth, Palm Beach Fla.; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. A grandson, Robert Lewis (Pug) Southworth, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. A Masonic service will follow. Interment will be Friday, Jan. 20, in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be John Southworth, Jaime Carpenter, Michael Southworth, Jonathan Southworth, Colin Martin, Ken Joyce, Scott Ackerman, and Charles Dugan. Honorary bearers will be Charles Southworth, Christopher Southworth, Zachary Bowman, Justin Southworth, Sean Wiley, Devin McLoughlin, Josh Southworth, and Charlie Dugan. Visitation will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimerís Association.

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James VanMeter, 72, husband of Faye Wilson VanMeter, formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at his home in Garrard County.

Born in Harlan County, he was a former resident of Sunrise, Fla., where he retired as a truck driver for Palm Express.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, James "Butch" VanMeter, Texas, Tim VanMeter, Lancaster, Allan Rigsby, Dayton, Ohio, and David Rigsby, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a daughter, Michelle Rigsby, Ft. Lauderdale; a sister, Irene Richardson, Hamilton, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mitzy VanMeter, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Chaplain Gary Story. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Burial will follow in Rome, Ga.

Memorials are suggested to Heritage Hospice, Danville, KY.

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Bayne C. Welker Sr., 82, of Versailles, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in Mayfair Manor Nursing Home after a lengthy battle with Alzheimerís disease.

Born Sept. 22, 1929, in Greensboro, N.C., Bayne was a graduate of Virginia Polytechnical Institute. He became an accomplished horseman and owned and operated Locust Ridge Farm in Paris, Ky., with his wife, Libby. In 1996 both were honored with Farm Manager of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managerís Club. His dedication and integrity within the Thoroughbred industry made him respected by his fellow horsemen in Central Kentucky and beyond.

Bayne is survived by his wife, Libby Welker, of Versailles; sons Bayne (Christina) Welker Jr. and Albert (Melissa) Welker, all of Versailles; and grandson Austen Welker of Georgetown.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2409 Members Way, Lexington, KY 40504, and HOPE Clinic, P.O. Box 23, Versailles, KY 40383.

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